Cultural infrastructure

The History Council of Western Australia has been involved in the ongoing conversation about the level of resourcing and support for cultural infrastructure in Western Australia, and Australia:

National Cultural Policy –

The History Council participated in the development of a National Cultural Policy

1.09.28 National Cultural Policy Submission

Museums in Western Australia

Sports Museum – now with the WA Museum.

Museum of Childhood – the status of this museum collection is yet to be formally established.

The Western Australian Museum has been working to establish appropriate storage for museum collections, and to develop a site, or sites, for the display of collection materials, including natural history, geology and history in the State capital of Perth.

The State Records Office of Western Australia, despite having one of the most advanced legislative instruments in Australia, has been unable to accept transfer of archives since 2001, leaving an estimated 45 kilometres of archives in non-archival storage.

The Council is concerned about the implementation of de-accessioning at the State Library of Western Australia, and the loss of access to experienced librarians to assist users with their research.  We have contributed to the Library Board of WA’s Strategic Directions, and provided input on the Legal Deposit Legislation and subsequent regulations.

Arts and Culture Forum 2009